Out Of The Michigan Garden!

Hello dear friends!

Much water has flowed under the bridge since I was last able to write a real post. Probably enough to fill Lake Superior! Well, maybe not quite ๐Ÿ˜‰ The kitties and I have finally landed in Michigan — the beautiful north woods — and I am busy in a very good way. Would you believe me if I told you that most of my old house is packed up in storage, but my prized boxes and bags of spices and dals and all things yummy are sitting in the new home as I type!?

Here in the cool of the north is a patch of sunlight in which the new garden luxuriates under the hardwoods.

I wish you all as much happiness and contentment as the last few months have brought me… and now without further ado, the Michigan garden!

the little garden in the north woods
pea vines and corn patch

lots of tomatoes and cucumbers ~ herb patch in the back

amish paste tomato
amish paste tomato ~ an heirloom variety

sweet 100 cherry tomatoes
cherry tomatoes ~ sweet 100s

corn patch, sunflowers and peppers
corn patch, with myriad hot and sweet peppers to the fore

yummy brinjals
ichiban (rear) and fairytale (front) eggplants ~ hooray for brinjal!

herb patch
the herb patch ~ sweet and thai basil, sage, oregano, dill, fennel (we hope!), cilantro, and methi methi methi!

lebanese squash plants
lebanese squash from seeds of india ~ the seeds were three years old and germinated like a dream

methi methi methi
that lovely methi!

chanchal okra
more older seeds popping up ~ the ever-reliable chanchal okra

the little patch of sunflowers lives behind the corn patch

something new to try ~ tomatillos! this variety supposedly ripens yellow

tomatillo husk tomato
tomatillos are also called husk tomatoes; the husk grows first, then the fruit forms inside!

cukes and beans
straight eight cukes and a variety of pole beans ~ including horticultural beans of succotash fame, and some long beans from seeds of india

It’s so exciting to try a garden in the *ground* as opposed to on the deck. Old habits die hard, however — I still have some eggplants in pots, as well as one golden jubilee tomato ~ we’ll see how they fare up here!

A few last scenes from the new homeplace…

front yard
the front yard complete with bird feeder, bird pond, and woodpile ready to be stacked properly for winter use

country road in northern michigan
the view from the mailbox down a country road ~ how happy could I be!

daisy in a woodbox
daisy in a woodbox

welcome to my new little home in the north woods!



  1. Hi Linda,

    It feels so good to see you in action again and this post of yours brought such joy to my otherwise mundane Sunday night. Now I will dream about lush trees, beautiful vegetable gardens and country roads. Thanks to you. I wish you good luck here at your new place and now you got to continue blogging.. We all missed you very much! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Hi Siri,

    Your comment brings *much* joy to my otherwise mundane Sunday! Thanks for your kind words… I have missed you all! Hope to be around more often now that things are more settled ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hugs to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nupur said

    Dear Linda- I am so SO happy for you!!! To see a friend’s dream come true, there’s nothing nicer ๐Ÿ™‚ What a beautiful place you live in and your garden is off to a splendid start. Wishing you much happiness in your new home!

    Thanks for your kind words, Nupur — so happy to see you! I can’t wait to catch up on all the happenings at One Hot Stove ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. sra said

    Okay, I put in a long comment here and WordPress threw me out. I thought you had announced moving to Michigan last year but I went through some old posts and realised you had not. Very happy for you that your dream has come through.

    You should blog more often, you know. I realise I miss our conversations more than I know, going through the old posts did it!

    I love going back into the archives too, Sra! Sorry WordPress was being a pain — thanks for trying again. I was forever preparing to move it seems; finally made it and thanks for your good wishes — I’ve missed you! I hope to be around more regularly now. I will have to be, if I want to keep up with your fantastic travels! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Shri said

    Linda! Thank you for dropping by! Am feeling wistful looking at your ‘kitchen garden’ and wishing that I had planted more for this growing season…

    Hi Shri, I know what you mean — it seems no matter how much there is, I am always left wishing I had planted “just one more” — there’s always next year! Thanks for stopping ๐Ÿ™‚

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